Earlier this month, Australian architect Brad Swartz won the 2015 Houses Awards for Best Apartment or Unit for his project in Darlinghurst, Sydney. The 27-square meter (290-sq ft) apartment was transformed into a multi-functional home that comfortably accommodates two at a cost of just AUD$54,000 (approx. US$39,130) to complete.
The ancient art of origami has inspired all kinds of modern technological endeavors, from drones to bridges to batteries and low-cost emergency housing. The latest project to join the fold comes from US-based engineers who have developed a deployable shelter that can be shipped on a standard military pallet, improving the quality of life for soldiers while cutting energy consumption in the process.
A team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has designed a shelter that it says can tackle LA's housing crisis in an environmentally-friendly manner. The Backyard BI(h)OME is affordable, low impact and recyclable. What's more, it can be easily constructed in people's back gardens.
Building Trust International, Atelier COLE, and Habitat for Humanity
Cambodia have collaborated on a project to create affordable housing for
low-income Cambodians. The result, dubbed Framework House, is a
sustainable home that is built primarily from bamboo and wood, and it
costs just US$2,500 to build.
For most of human history, we've lived in groups a lot larger than our family unit, and reaped considerable benefits from it. Modern urban life, on the other hand, has moved in a different direction; privacy, disconnection, self sufficiency. Eco-village communities are aiming to buck that trend, and to that end Smart Urban Villages is planning to create medium-density, sustainably designed housing communities with optional shared meals, mortgage-free long term leases and pools of shared vehicles to cut down on car ownership costs.